The Battle of Thermopylae and the Iconography of Hate

The media has enormous power in energizing social movements for good or ill. While it is folly to attribute the traction gained by far right organizations and hate groups to media images, history suggests that we would do well to consider how popular culture is capable of turning hate into heroism.

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Foreign Fighters: A Security Threat at Home?

Over 4,000 American and European citizens have joined the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq, with more on the way each month. Now policymakers must decide how to handle fighters who return home.

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Perils and Proposals: Military Contracting with Volatile Regimes

France is stuck between a rock and a hard place. By contracting to deliver Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia amidst Russian aggression towards Ukraine, France has assumed the untenable position of selling military hardware to a country whose military actions it decries.

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Volume 38:2 of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs Now Available

The editorial staff of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is pleased to bring you our latest issue, Summer Volume 38:2. The Summer 2014 volume is the first edition of The Fletcher Forum with all-female authorship, and is meant to highlight and celebrate women who have risen to important roles in the international community.

Volume 38:2 of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs Now Available Volume 38:2 of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs Now Available

2014 Global Risk Forum: An Introduction by Dean James Stavridis

Dean of The Fletcher School, James G. Stavridis, introduces the 2014 Global Risk Forum, identifying the top five risks to global stability in the year ahead.

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Action, Not Just Outrage, Needed After Peshawar Massacre

December 21, 2014 by Uzair Younus
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Pakistan has been at the center of the battle for Islam, a battle that has become more polarizing and deadly with every passing year. Yet, even after the horrific attack in Peshawar, Pakistan is unable to take decisive action to counter the extremist narrative.

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Japan Needs a Hate Speech Law

December 18, 2014 by Erik Bleich
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Even though the Japanese Supreme Court recently upheld a ruling against a group of Zaitokukai activists who were inciting racial hatred, when compared to most other liberal democracies, Japan lacks a well-established law that can be used to punish aggressive racist speech targeting vulnerable members of society. Japan needs a new law now.

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Resource-Rich Countries Hit Again as Gas Rents Drop

December 13, 2014 by Leslie Palti-Guzman
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Recent discussions about the impact of falling energy prices on oil-producing states overlook the significant effects that these falling prices will also have on natural gas-rich nations. Countries such as Qatar, Russia, and Algeria will be forced to contend with major economic and political challenges, particularly given the emerging era in gas markets.

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Confronting Violent Religious Extremism

December 13, 2014 by Knox Thames
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Violent religious extremism will be one of the greatest challenges facing the international community in the twenty-first century. United States must update its current security-based counterterrorism approach with a strategy that promotes religious freedom and pluralism in order to counter the narratives of religiously motivated terrorist organizations.

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